Uber has partnered with the Michigan Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) to provide free transportation for survivors of domestic and sexual violence amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Uber donated $25,000 worth of free rides to MCEDSV, who will distribute them among individuals in need.
“As many public transportation systems in Michigan aren’t running and unemployment is at all-time high, victims of violence are facing incredible barriers in Michigan to seeking services, getting to a shelter, getting sexual assault nurse exams, or even getting to a grocery store,” said Sarah Prout Rennie, JD Executive Director at MCEDSV. “This donation will help save lives.”
Individuals in need of assistance can call 855-VOICES4 or text 866-238-1454 at any time. MCEDSV can send a unique code for a free ride or deploy an Uber to the victim’s location to transport them to a safe location, officials said.
The free rides from Uber will also help existing clients to access essential needs, officials said.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
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Nick Trahair, CLM,CHA serves as General Manager of the GrandStay Hotel & Suites of Traverse City, MI.
Prior to joining the staff at the GrandStay, he served as the Regional Operations Manager for a large hospitality management company based in the Midwest and also has worked in the food and beverage management field.